Libya football stadium hosts videotaped execution

Tripoli - An Islamist armed group carried out a videotaped execution of an Egyptian man in a football stadium in Libya, in what Amnesty said on Friday highlighted the country's descent into lawlessness.

The video of the execution in the eastern city of Derna was posted on social media websites, including YouTube.

Amnesty International said it was carried out on 19 August, apparently by an extremist militant group, the Shura Council of Islamic Youth, in front of a crowd seated in the stadium.

"This unlawful killing realises the greatest fears of ordinary Libyans, who in parts of the country find themselves caught between ruthless armed groups and a failed state," said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Amnesty International's Middle East and North Africa Deputy Director.

Human rights abuses

"Such acts can only lead to further human rights abuses in Derna, where residents have no recourse to state institutions and therefore no means to seek justice or effective protection from abuses," she added.

"The Libyan authorities, with the support of the international community, must urgently address the breakdown of law and order that has persisted in Derna and elsewhere following the end of Colonel Gaddafi’s rule."

In the video, the Egyptian, named as Mohamed Ahmed Mohamed, is brought into the stadium blindfolded on a truck.

He is forced to kneel and a statement is read out accusing him of killing a Libyan, Amnesty said.

Fierce and deadly fighting

A gun is then passed to an unmasked man wearing plainclothes, believed to be the brother of the dead Libyan, who then shoots the Egyptian from behind.

Since the fall of long-time dictator Muammar Gaddafi in a Nato-backed 2011 uprising, interim authorities have failed to establish order and security in a country prone to anarchy and deadly violence.

They have been unable to restrain a large number of militias formed by ex-rebels who fought Gaddafi and who still hold sway across Libya.

Since mid-July, Libya has been rocked by fierce and deadly fighting between militias that has prompted an exodus of foreign nationals from the oil-rich North African country.

Amnesty said armed Islamists in Derna "appear to have taken advantage of the breakdown of the rule of law to assert their control in an apparent attempt to enforce their own interpretation" of Islamic sharia laws.

James Johnston 2014-08-22 04:11:36 PM
I guess the only way to govern muslims is by dictatorship... Both Gadaffi and Saddam did fines jobs of keeping the peace
Bruwer 2014-08-22 04:45:57 PM
the west took the oil with the petro dollar ,now the country is in chaos
Xolani Ndimba 2014-08-22 05:00:55 PM
Fruits of regime change - Iraq, Libya, Syria...
graphanex2008 2014-08-22 05:16:18 PM
Savage evil islamists again! Barbarians! This is the 21st century you halfwits. You don't kill people just because they don't agree with you. What kind of god do you serve that wants you to kill, kill, kill!
Alan Yates 2014-08-22 05:27:43 PM
Another Day in the 1400 years of Jihad crimes by devout Muslims against other people...All based on Core beliefs and values imbibed at Madrassas and Mosques. When will the whole world wake up and reject the cancer of "Islamism" based on Islam? Trouble is it has been entrenched for 1400 years now...No easy answers. It was one of the founders of democracy in the Modern West that said Islam had poisoned Humanity at source in its "Sharia" codified oppression of women...
dalewestcott 2014-08-22 05:31:26 PM
WHAT'S ALARMING TO ME IS NOT WHAT THE ISLAMIC EXTREMISTS ARE DOING BUT THE SILENCE OF THE MAJORITY OF MUSLIMS ON THIS SORT OF BEHAVIOUR. IF YOU DO NOT ABDICATE IT THEN YOU SUPPORT IT. SIMPLE AS THAT.
Enig Ma 2014-08-22 05:39:40 PM
Islam = Satanism
Bone Thug 2014-08-22 05:56:27 PM
Any comment Atheists?
Marius Viviers 2014-08-22 05:59:10 PM
Very, very bad taste. It says a lot about those who watched.
Mileka Cyn 2014-08-22 07:25:58 PM
Another Gomora and Sodom